- Posted September 19, 2012 by
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Election 2012: Your stories
Not part of 47% but...
I am America! I am 100% American. I am not 53% or 47% American! And I am proud to be American. I am proud to say that I came from a struggling family. I am proud to say that I have worked hard to get where I am today. And I am proud to say that I am voting for a man that knows my struggles and cares about me, and not just his rich donors.
I am not part of Mitt Romney's 47% that do not pay taxes. I am part of the 53% that pays taxes at the end of the year. And let me tell you why.
I make more than the national average and I am single. I do not own a home, nor do I have children. I do not get tax credits that the average American family gets. All families, not just the poor ones. I do not have tons of deductions because I am not a millionaire. I do owe taxes after the 26% of pay is taken for various payroll taxes, social security taxes, FICA. I do not get a refund.
As someone who has had open heart surgery and someone who lives on a life of medicine until I die, i need Obamacare. If I lose my job, I need Obamacare. I won't be able to get my life saving medicine without it. If Governor Romney repeals Obamacare, then many people who can not afford to pay for their medical bills without insurance will die! 1 in 100 children are born with CHD. And as the incredible woman said at the Democratic National Convention, her daughter has already had multiple surgeries. She will need another open heart surgery in the next two years. If Obamacare is repealed, this beautiful two year old girl may very likely die without life saving surgery. Is this what we want for America? We already push our senior citizens to the side, next we will let children die because of politics! This should not be what America stands for!
I grew up in a Republican household. When I became old enough to make my own decisions, I felt that my beliefs and values did not match that of Republicans. That doesn't mean I don't love my Republican family, it just means that, for me, I need to support a party that thinks of me and what I need (Equal Rights). And my mom almost died because of a pregnancy. Without an abortion, she would have died. So should I vote for a party that would rather my mother die than get a life saving procedure? Should I vote for a party that wants to eliminate access to healthcare for families that can not afford it? Should I vote for a party that wants to tell me who I should love? And what benefits i get based on that love?
And when Mitt Romney saw these people struggling, he went to a college and told a student to borrow money from his parents to start a business. Well I guess I never knew it, but my mom was rich. She had money for me to start a business. Granted, she was a single parent struggling to barely put food on the table. Granted, we lived on a farm when I was a child and mom worked 60 hours a week to pay our rent of $300 a month. Granted, she never took a day off of work to be sick. Granted, she made sure I had the basics and even got a second job so I could join band in elementary school. Granted, she always came to my concerts and games. She couldn't afford to send me on special band trips, but I had a great band teacher (Mr. Ted Hope) who always made sure I got to go on these trips even though my mom couldn't pay for it. Yet, I never knew she had money sitting in the bank for me to open my own business. I never knew this, even though I had to pay her bills from the time I was 22 because she was disabled and couldn't work. Her $532 a month of social security (Yeah she got that much for the 20 plus years she worked) didn't pay her rent much less food and other essentials. And when she died in 2008, that money she had for me to start a business was never found. So I had to pay for her funeral costs out of my own pocket. The $255 check I was entitled to from her death benefits didn't even pay for the plane ticket I had to get to bury her. But Mr. Romney knows all about these struggles because he is a man for the people and family. He cares, he really does. He really cares about HIS family. Just don't expect him to care about your family.